As we age, our bodies become less resistant to the stress we place upon them, and as a result inflammatory conditions become a regular part of our everyday lives. The mild arthritis and digestive flair ups that we experienced in our younger days become more debilitating than they used to and we look to medication to help us get through our daily activities. Now if only we could turn back the clock and have the pain free, limitless movement we did before. Well adopt a few of the principles below and you might just surprise yourself.
Choosing an anti-inflammatory diet. Yes, our diets play a big part in the way our bodies respond and feel. Certain foods you ingest can actually help to reduce overall inflammation in the body. Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods are those high in the Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish, shellfish, walnuts and flaxseed. Fresh fruits and vegetables rich in color and high in anti-oxidants such as berries, pineapple, spinach, kale and broccoli are also a great alternative. Did I mention the best part of adopting a anti-inflammatory diet? Red wine in moderation (2-3 glasses a week) is also on the list!
Choosing the right supplements. We are all guilty of popping a few Advil or Tylenol when pain or inflammation sets in, but there are actually a few natural supplements that will have the same effects without the aggravating side effects. One of the best supplements to reduce inflammation is an Omega 3 (fish oil) supplement which has proven its ability through countless research studies to be the “top dog” for inflammation relief. Another option to try is curcumin. Derived from the most active part of the spice turmeric, ground curcumin in pill form it is very effective in reducing inflammation.
Exercise. Yes, it can definitely be challenging to place exercise at the top of your priority list when your body is inflamed and your pain level is a 9. However, recent research is suggesting that many inflammatory conditions are setting in because we are not giving our cardiovascular systems the workout they need. When exercising, our bodies release a protein molecule called cytokines into the bloodstream which are fast acting anti-inflammatory molecules. To release these molecules the good news is you don’t need to spend an hour at the gym lifting weights; 20 minutes working in the garden, mowing the lawn or brisk walking will also be effective.
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